These Designs Will Brighten Up Your Day

These Designs Will Brighten Up Your Day

Do the days seem dreary? Winter can often bring on strings of long, dismal days and frosty nights. The following pieces would certainly brighten up their surroundings, and would add some color to any gloomy, cold day. This bright silk stool, chair and ottoman combination is from Meb Rure. The bases are formed from white oak and the legs are detachable for easy transport. The vivid cushion portions are made by using recycled silk yarns that come from Nepal. Reusing the silk yarns cuts down on fabric waste, and probably provides some cushy seating. The insides of the tufts contain sponge… read more

Light Fixtures That Make The Room

Light Fixtures That Make The Room

Light fixtures are an important part of a room, both in a design aspect as well as lighting quality. The following are some lighting designs that blow boring lampshades aside and would wake up any room they are in. From the 1870’s, this historic building houses the office space below. The sophisticated and a bit broody atmosphere is topped off by this striking updated glass chandelier, which helps soften the raw look of the space and the exposed brick. Gorgeous and gothic, this cascading light sculpture was created by glass artist Andy Paiko especially for the room. From Jessica Helgerson… read more

Setting The Table

Set The Table

Setting the table sets the mood, whether for a large dinner party or a small gathering. Martha Stewart has instructions for how to set a formal table, and suggests that once you know the proper way to do so, you can either apply the rules or be confident enough to create your own. Emily Post has a guide for basic table setting, as well as informal and formal. From Brunch at Saks this visual how-to shows the difference between an informal and a formal dinner table setting. With a rustic feel, this solid table made from salvaged wood is a great match with the… read more

Regal Gold And Silver Interiors

Regal Gold And Silver Interiors

Gold and silver may be tricky to work into a space. Too much of one or the other can lend to visual overkill, but just the right amount can breathe life into a room. The following interiors are remodels or decorative endeavors that incorporate gold and silver palettes to create an imperial impression. The gold accents in this revamped kitchen top off the space and blend the mixture of old and new. From Jessica Helgerson Interior Design whose firm has an environmental focus, this remodel is in a building that was constructed in 1926. The bold black and liquid looking cabinetry… read more

Winter Is Welcome In This Warm Italian Home

Winter Is Welcome In This Warm Italian Home

The quaint feel of this picturesque property is woken up with this original home. The exterior may look rugged and almost fort-like from an angle, but around the corner and inside reveals a more soothing side. From Bergmeister Wolf Architects, the residence sits on an Italian mountainside in the province of Bavarian South Tyrol. The neighboring structures add to the architectural character of the home. A rustic chapel is downhill from the house that definitely softens the look of the exterior. The gorgeous landscape is surely nice to look at year round, but the wintertime appears to be extra cozy…. read more

Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday retail displays and commercials may have those in the spirit wanting to decorate, and it is tempting to give in to the desire to decorate for the occasion. However, during tight economic times it hardly seems reasonable to blow your budget on décor that will only be displayed a small fraction of the year. Simple projects and some do it yourself creativity can allow a holiday style around the house without breaking the monetary allowance for the entire season. Trim the tree with reused objects and everyday items from around the house. This ideal uses animal figurines and gives them… read more

Shower and use half of the water

Hollow Water Showers

Taking the steps to reduce water usage when showering or bathing is difficult, especially for those with children or larger households. We search for ways to discipline ourselves and watch our dependency on water, but usually give up and continue on as before. The appliance market is full of “low-flow shower heads” that most of the time end up proving completely useless. Countries with strict water policies, and drought prone nations, could certainly use an alternative option to the numerous faux conservative shower nozzles circulating the retail market. Thankfully, the time of limiting ourselves is nearly over. A New Zealand… read more

The Magical Painted Architecture Of Richard Haas

The Magical Painted Architecture Of Richard Haas

Richard Haas is an artist known for his painted renditions of buildings and ornate architectural details. His work is on everything from skyscrapers, building facades, interiors, drawings and canvas, and his ability to create illusion and art is to be marveled at. The technique that he employs is called trompe l’oeil, which means tricks the eye in French. His painted optical illusions are beyond impressive. He can completely change the look of plain walls, concrete and brick buildings into unbelievably realistic works of art. His painted details include visual feats like buildings that when looked at one way appear to… read more

Shhh, These Designs Are A Secret

Shhh, These Designs Are A Secret

There are many facets to the field of design, and project ideals are just as numerous. For a bit of fun, the following covert designs take handcrafted to the next level. For a do it yourself project, this secret bookcase room shown on Hack n’ Mod can be installed for around $150 U.S. or less and reportedly can be done in a weekend. Using a lightweight bookcase, basic hardware and door hinges this can be done to disguise a secret entryway to a hidden room. This rotating door design uses a central axis and is perfect for smaller spaces. From… read more

Color Inspiration For Fashion And Interiors

Morgan Fisher from bortolamigallery.com

The significance of color can be seen in research on mood and behavior. Everyone from color theorists to someone just wanting to change the look of a room in their home can relate to how colors can make you feel. We may navigate to colors in our surroundings to favorite ones in wardrobe choices. Colors can inspire and motivate, whether we realize it or not. The Pantone Matching System showcases a wide variety of colors that are used mostly in printing, but can also be applied to a range of arenas, including paints, plastics and fabrics. Their recent fashion color… read more